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Spirituality Mind Body Summer Institute

Workshops and Registration

*First session will be a required orientation.

FALL 2017

The SMBI Spiritual Wellness Center is an approved IRB research site. Workshop participants have the opportunity to participate in a groundbreaking study examining spiritual wellness in a university setting. *The first session is a required orientation for participation in all workshops.  Details on the research study and workshop content will be provided during orientation. Research participation is optional and voluntary.

Peaceful Performance

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With: Steph Winsor & Danielle Melnick

When: Mondays, 9:15-10:45 am

Dates: October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, November 6, 13, 27, December 4, 11                                              

(No class the week of the Thanksgiving holiday)

Explore easy meditation exercises to find deeper peace, increase mental focus, decrease testing anxiety, increase focus and ultimately learn more about yourself. In our modern world we tend to feel stressed, distracted, overwhelmed and even unaware of how to best help ourselves. By putting modern psychology and cognitive science research to work, we will use techniques that are scientifically proven to decrease stress and help increase cognitive performance. Throughout short daily morning meditation exercises and weekly meetings you will customize a routine that becomes your unique ritual. Play, discuss and uncover what simple techniques help you find peace and ease to naturally enrich your life and increase performance.

Workshops are free and open to students, alumni, faculty and staff of Teachers College and Columbia University.

Peaceful Performance

Exploring the Self Through Creative Expression

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With: Michael Kirsch & Nicholas Watson

When: Mondays, 3:15-4:45

Dates: October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, November 6, 13, 27, December 4, 11                                              

(No class the week of the Thanksgiving holiday)

Creativity is an unparalleled conduit for reflection and revelation that can lead to self and global transformation. Creativity’s power comes from its allowance of the individual to go beyond the ego and access their subconscious, as well as the innermost part of themselves. Our workshop integrates various creative intelligences, such as music, visual art and writing, to create a holistic experience where participants can work toward self-actualization and self-transformation, whether it be mentally, physically, emotionally and/or spiritually. Course participants will explore their creative potential, cultivate statesof well-being, practice self-healing, and discover a deeper connection to themselves through various forms of art.

Workshops are free and open to students, alumni, faculty and staff of Teachers College and Columbia University.

Exploring the Self Through Creative Expression

Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life

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With: Samuel Levine & Ning Tendo

When: Tuesdays, 11:15-1:45 pm

Dates: October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, November 7, 14, 28, December 5, 12                                              

(No class the week of the Thanksgiving holiday)

The average person has 60,000 - 80,000 thoughts a day. Research suggests that only 5% are new thoughts! We are replaying the same stories, and reinforcing negative beliefs that we hold about ourselves. In this workshop series, you will learn how to deconstruct and overcome limiting beliefs that are holding you back from stepping into your highest potential. Our workshops employ a unique blend of mind-body practices, (breathwork, visualizations, meditations), and explore innovative techniques like lucid dreaming and neuro linguistic programming to help you tap more deeply into the unconscious level of their minds. Join us on this empowering journey to connect your mind, body and spirit and manifest the life you dream of.

Workshops are free and open to students, faculty, staff and alumni of Teachers College and Columbia University.

Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life

Self Care for the Minority Soul

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With: Kanishea Jay & Haile Bennett

When: Tuesdays, 1:15-2:45 pm

Dates: October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, November 7, 14, 28, December 5, 12                                              

(No class the week of the Thanksgiving holiday)

When students acclimate into a new academic environment, they often experience moments of stress. Reports show that for students the common factors of stress include managing a large academic workload, balancing social academic and professional lives, and worrying about finances. For students of color, we have the added stress of “the minority experience”. Our workshop will utilize the chakra system to spark dialogue on the causes of stress, and share simple ways to incorporate self-care to improve overall wellness and leave participants ready to face daily setbacks, stress, and the difficulties of being a minority in a majority space.

Workshops are free and open to students, faculty, staff and alumni of Teachers College and Columbia University.

Self Care for the Minority Soul

Mindfulness Practices to Reduce Stress

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With: Sofia Adler & Tianna Soto

When: Tuesdays, 3:15-4:45 pm

Dates: October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, November 7, 14, 28, December 5, 12    

(No classes the week of the Thanksgiving holiday)                                         

If a jam-packed schedule, loaded inbox and never ending to-do list feels all too familiar, then this workshop is for you! This 10-week workshop series is dedicated to helping undergraduate and graduate students manage stress and connect with themselves and others to promote overall well-being. Workshop participants will learn how to integrate evidence-based mindfulness practices such as meditation, journaling and present-moment awareness activities into their daily lives. Participants will walk away with mindful tools to help decrease stress while increasing awareness, patience, and acceptance.

Workshops are free and open to students, alumni, faculty and staff of Teachers College and Columbia University.

 

Mindfulness Practices to Reduce Stress

The Empowered Introvert: Owning Your Inner Power

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With: Sasha Gold & Angelica Smith

When: Tuesdays, 5:15-6:45 pm

Dates: October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, November 7, 14, 28, December 5, 12                                              

(No class the week of the Thanksgiving holiday)

In today’s world, many introverts tend to feel stuck in keeping up with a society that thrives off of being social. While introverts may enjoy spending time with others, ultimately they require different techniques to recharge their batteries than extroverts. Through various mindfulness-based practices, this workshop with assist participants in the development and nurturing of skills related to self-awareness, self-acceptance and self-love while simultaneously encouraging them to thrive as the powerful individual that they are. Open to all students, alumni, faculty, and staff.

Workshops are free and open to students, faculty, staff and alumni.

The Empowered Introvert: Owning Your Inner Power

Rewriting Your Story Through the Chakras

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With: Marshall Dunn & Sadie Huang

When: Wednesdays, 3:15-4:45 pm

Dates: October 4, 11, 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15, 29, December 6, 13                                              

(No class the week of the Thanksgiving holiday)

Imagine having greater clarity and confidence in your life, honoring what feeds your spirit joy. Pretty amazing, right? Discover a new sense of "aliveness" and join us over a 10-week experiential journey, re-writing your story through the energy centers of the body - The 7 Chakras. You’ll learn how to build a strong inner-foundation, overcome nagging fears and create an inspired vision for the future, while helping you see the beauty in everyday challenges. With powerful neuroscience tools, simple strategies, and heart-centered practices, you can rewrite your story for an authentic life without limits. We can’t wait to meet you!

Workshops are free and open to students, faculty, staff and alumni of Teachers College and Columbia University.

Rewriting Your Story Through the Chakras

Move to Your Own Vibration

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With: Courtney Cooke & Devon Seelig

When: Thursdays, 5:15-6:45 pm

Dates: October 5, 12, 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16, 30, December 7, 14                                              

(No class the week of the Thanksgiving holiday)

Do you feel stuck? Are you overwhelmed and stressed? Do you need to tap into your creativity and connect with your authentic self? In this exploratory and non-judgemental space, we use movement to experience personal and collective transformation. Tapping into this powerful resource we invite the state of flow into our lives, move past a self-conscious mindset, and uncover our essence through the mind-body connection. We begin in our own bodies exploring structured and innate moving patterns. Using modalities from dynamic movement, yoga, and indigenous rituals, this class will encourage you to discover your internal landscape and give expression to one's individual cultural history, archetypal facades and personal narrative. Whether you are comfortable with a range of movement modalities or you are brand new to creative movement - this workshop is accessible to all. Join us to investigate and gain agency and access to the moving, living consciousness.

Workshops are free and open to students, faculty, staff and alumni of Teachers College and Columbia University.

Move to Your Own Vibration

Journey of the Heart: Techniques for a Self-Guided, Experiential, Shamanic Practice

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With: Tatum Barnes & James Milne

When: Fridays, 3:15-4:45 pm

Dates: October 6, 13, 20, 27, November 3, 10, 17, December 1, 8, 15                                              

(No class the week of the Thanksgiving holiday)

The concept of the shaman and the practice of shamanism have evolved to refer to a broad range of ancient traditions and practices that encircle one central objective: to overcome suffering by restoring the body, soul, or the collective into holistic balance. The workshop will equip participants with shamanic techniques for safe and compassionate spiritual exploration and understanding. The aim is to widen their horizon of spiritual knowledge, as well as connect them to the transcendent, and the possibility of healing both within and beyond the confines of the workshop space. The end-goal is to put them in contact with a self-guided spiritual practice with the potential for lifelong auto-therapeutic benefits.

Workshops are free and open to students, alumni, faculty and staff of Teachers College and Columbia University.

Journey of the Heart: Techniques for a Self-Guided, Experiential, Shamanic Practice

10 Weeks to Your Best Life

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With: Andrea Rota & Lenina Mortimer

When: Fridays, 5:15-6:45 pm

Dates: October 6, 13, 20, 27, November 3, 10, 17 December 1, 8, 15                                             

(No class the week of the Thanksgiving holiday)

Happiness is a choice according to research in the field of positive psychology. Happy people experience positive emotions like joy, love and gratitude; develop meaningful relationships and experience improved productivity. Given the inherent benefits of happiness why don’t we just choose it? Ten Weeks to Your Best Life is a journey that will lead workshop participants to reflect on the core areas of their lives while exploring various activities that will foster greater self-understanding. In ten weeks’ time, workshop participants will be able to identify their own strengths, life goals, create connection in community and learn scientifically proven techniques that promote well-being and lasting happiness.

Workshops are free and open to students, faculty, staff and alumni of Columbia University and Teachers College.

10 Weeks to Your Best Life

 

Spring 2017 Workshops

Mind, Body and Spiritual Approach to Overcoming Culture Shock: Turning Barriers into Opportunities

with Sungmi Hong & Claudia Calero

When: Thursdays 4:00pm-5:30pm

Begins: March 9, 23, 30, April 6, 13, 20, 27 (No class the week of Spring Break)

This 7-week experiential workshop will demystify spirituality as it introduces participants to various meditative practices, breathing techniques from different contemplative traditions and the creative, non-verbal language of art, all in the service of learning self-care and centering while navigating an unfamiliar environment. Any previous art experience or meditation practice is not required. This class is open to all TC students, faculty and staff. The workshop is free.

 *The workshop is now full. 

Mind, Body and Spiritual Approach to Overcoming Culture Shock: Turning Barriers into Opportunities

Yoga for a Healthy Sense of Self 4

with Jennifer Drapkin

When: Tuesdays at 11:30AM - 12:45PM

Begins: February 21, 28, March 7, 21, 28, April 4, 11, 18, 25, and May 2 (No class the week of Spring Break)

 *This workshop is full. 

This 10-session vinyasa (yoga flow) series is designed to foster a healthy sense of self. Each class builds strength and flexibility through a series of vigorous poses, while at the same time cultivating internal qualities such as self-esteem, self-compassion, authenticity, and insight. The data collected from this workshop goes towards scientific research, and students will be paid $90 for their participation. Please only sign up for this series if you can commit to attending all 10 sessions. The first class is absolutely mandatory; if you do not attend the first class, you cannot join the workshop. So please commit to all 10 classes--it’s good karma. Note: No prior yoga experience is required, though if you have any serious injuries, this class is not appropriate for your body at this time. This class is open to all TC students, faculty and staff. The workshop is free. 

** Three sections of Yoga for a Healthy Sense of Self start the week of February 20. Since research is being conducted, participants may sign up for only one section. You may only be enrolled in one section at a time. Switching sections is prohibited once the workshop begins. Please only sign up knowing you can attend all 10 sessions in one section.

Yoga for a Healthy Sense of Self 4

Yoga for a Healthy Sense of Self 5

with Jennifer Drapkin

When: Wednesdays at 11:00AM - 12:15PM

Begins: February 22, March 1, 8, 22, 29, April 5, 12, 19, 26, and May 3 (No class the week of Spring Break)

*This workshop is full.

This 10-session vinyasa (yoga flow) series is designed to foster a healthy sense of self. Each class builds strength and flexibility through a series of vigorous poses, while at the same time cultivating internal qualities such as self-esteem, self-compassion, authenticity, and insight. The data collected from this workshop goes towards scientific research, and students will be paid $90 for their participation. Please only sign up for this series if you can commit to attending all 10 sessions. The first class is absolutely mandatory; if you do not attend the first class, you cannot join the workshop. So please commit to all 10 classes--it’s good karma. Note: No prior yoga experience is required, though if you have any serious injuries, this class is not appropriate for your body at this time. This class is open to all TC students, faculty and staff. The workshop is free. 

** Three sections of Yoga for a Healthy Sense of Self start the week of February 20. Since research is being conducted, participants may sign up for only one section. You may only be enrolled in one section at a time. Switching sections is prohibited once the workshop begins. Please only sign up knowing you can attend all 10 sessions in one section.

Yoga for a Healthy Sense of Self 5

Yoga for a Healthy Sense of Self 6

with Jennifer Drapkin

When: Thursdays at 11:30AM - 12:45PM

Begins: February 23, March 2, 9, 23, 30, April 6, 13, 20, 27, and May 4 (No class the week of Spring Break)

*This workshop is now full. 

This 10-session vinyasa (yoga flow) series is designed to foster a healthy sense of self. Each class builds strength and flexibility through a series of vigorous poses, while at the same time cultivating internal qualities such as self-esteem, self-compassion, authenticity, and insight. The data collected from this workshop goes towards scientific research, and students will be paid $90 for their participation. Please only sign up for this series if you can commit to attending all 10 sessions. The first class is absolutely mandatory; if you do not attend the first class, you cannot join the workshop. So please commit to all 10 classes--it’s good karma. Note: No prior yoga experience is required, though if you have any serious injuries, this class is not appropriate for your body at this time. This class is open to all TC students, faculty and staff. The workshop is free. 

** Three sections of Yoga for a Healthy Sense of Self start the week of February 20. Since research is being conducted, participants may sign up for only one section. You may only be enrolled in one section at a time. Switching sections is prohibited once the workshop begins. Please only sign up knowing you can attend all 10 sessions in one section.

Yoga for a Healthy Sense of Self 6

Keeping the "Essence" in Adolescence: Exploring Contemplative Techniques for Special Needs Children and their Practitioners

with Maggie Pintauro & Carly Shaw

When: Thursdays 2:00pm-3:30pm

Begins: February 23, March 2, 9, 23, 30, April 6, & 13. (No class the week of Spring Break)

In this seven-week workshop you will learn various complementary and mindfulness-based techniques for both children and self-care. Practices will include meditations, breathing techniques, mindful movement and more. Integrating experiential learning with research-based evidence will provide those working closely with the special needs population with a colorful and innovative selection of tools for your toolbox, while simultaneously tending to our equally important self-care. No previous knowledge or experience is necessary, all are welcomed! This class is open to all TC students, faculty and staff. The workshop is free.

 *This workshop is now full. 

Keeping the

Self-Care 101

with Hayley Gardiner, Kathleen Pait, and Peri Zarella

When: Tuesdays 5:30pm-6:45pm

Begins: February 28, March 7, 21, 28, April 4, 11, & 18. (No class the week of Spring Break)

*This workshop is now full. 

Throughout this 7-week workshop series, we will nourish our physical, psycho-emotional, and spiritual well-being by learning self-compassion exercises, tools for boundary-setting, techniques to foster gratitude and creativity, and basic strategies for immediate and long-lasting stress reduction. This class is open to all TC students, faculty and staff. The workshop is free. 

Self-Care 101

Yoga for a Healthy Sense of Self 1

with Jennifer Drapkin

When: Mondays 11:00am-12:15pm

Begins: February 6, 13, 20, 27, March 6, 20, 27, April 3, 10 & 17 (No class the week of Spring Break)

*This workshop is now full.

This 10-session vinyasa (yoga flow) series is designed to foster a healthy sense of self. Each class builds strength and flexibility through a series of vigorous poses, while at the same time cultivating internal qualities such as self-esteem, self-compassion, authenticity, and insight. The data collected from this workshop goes towards scientific research, and students will be paid $90 for their participation. Please only sign up for this series if you can commit to attending all 10 sessions. The first class is absolutely mandatory; if you do not attend the first class, you cannot join the workshop. So please commit to all 10 classes--it’s good karma. Note: No prior yoga experience is required, though if you have any serious injuries, this class is not appropriate for your body at this time. This class is open to all TC students, faculty and staff. The workshop is free. 

** Three sections of Yoga for a Healthy Sense of Self start the week of February 6. Since research is being conducted, participants may sign up for only one section. Switching sections is prohibited once the workshop begins. Please only sign up knowing you can attend all 10 sessions in one section.

Yoga for a Healthy Sense of Self 1

Yoga for a Healthy Sense of Self 2

with Jennifer Drapkin

When: Tuesdays 10:00am-11:15am

Begins: February 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7, 21, 28, April 4, 11 & 18 (No class the week of Spring Break)

*This workshop is now full.

This 10-session vinyasa (yoga flow) series is designed to foster a healthy sense of self. Each class builds strength and flexibility through a series of vigorous poses, while at the same time cultivating internal qualities such as self-esteem, self-compassion, authenticity, and insight. The data collected from this workshop goes towards scientific research, and students will be paid $90 for their participation. Please only sign up for this series if you can commit to attending all 10 sessions. The first class is absolutely mandatory; if you do not attend the first class, you cannot join the workshop. So please commit to all 10 classes--it’s good karma. Note: No prior yoga experience is required, though if you have any serious injuries, this class is not appropriate for your body at this time. This class is open to all TC students, faculty and staff. The workshop is free. 

** Three sections of Yoga for a Healthy Sense of Self start the week of February 6. Since research is being conducted, participants may sign up for only one section. Switching sections is prohibited once the workshop begins. Please only sign up knowing you can attend all 10 sessions in one section.

Yoga for a Healthy Sense of Self 2

Yoga for a Healthy Sense of Self 3

with Jennifer Drapkin

When: Thursdays 10:00am-11:15am

Begins: February 9, 16, 23, March 2, 9, 23, 30, April 6, 13 & 20 (No class the week of Spring Break)

*This workshop is now full.

This 10-session vinyasa (yoga flow) series is designed to foster a healthy sense of self. Each class builds strength and flexibility through a series of vigorous poses, while at the same time cultivating internal qualities such as self-esteem, self-compassion, authenticity, and insight. The data collected from this workshop goes towards scientific research, and students will be paid $90 for their participation. Please only sign up for this series if you can commit to attending all 10 sessions. The first class is absolutely mandatory; if you do not attend the first class, you cannot join the workshop. So please commit to all 10 classes--it’s good karma. Note: No prior yoga experience is required, though if you have any serious injuries, this class is not appropriate for your body at this time. This class is open to all TC students, faculty and staff. The workshop is free. 

** Three sections of Yoga for a Healthy Sense of Self start the week of February 6. Since research is being conducted, participants may sign up for only one section. Switching sections is prohibited once the workshop begins. Please only sign up knowing you can attend all 10 sessions in one section.

Yoga for a Healthy Sense of Self 3

 

Fall 2016 Workshops

Connecting to Consciousness Through Contemplative Practice

with Kathleen Pait, Hayley Gardiner, & Peri Zarrella

When: Mondays 5:00pm-7:00pm

Begins: October 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14, 28 & Dec 5

Through a supportive, weekly discussion and experiential group, we will learn to expand consciousness and investigate intuition through contemplative practices, exposure to the arts, breathing techniques, relaxation, visualization exercises, and more.

*This workshop is now closed.

 

Connecting to Consciousness Through Contemplative Practice

Mind, Body and Spiritual Approach to Overcoming Culture Shock: Turning Barriers into Opportunities

with Sungmi Hong & Claudia Calero

When: Thursdays 3:00pm-4:30pm

Begins: October 20, 27, Nov. 3, 10, 17, Dec. 1, 8

This 7-week experiential workshop will demystify spirituality as it introduces participants to various meditative practices, breathing techniques from different contemplative traditions and the creative, non-verbal language of art, all in the service of learning self-care and centering while navigating an unfamiliar environment. Any previous art experience or meditation practice is not required. This class is open to all TC students, faculty and staff. The workshop is free.

*This workshop is now closed.

Mind, Body and Spiritual Approach to Overcoming Culture Shock: Turning Barriers into Opportunities

Keeping the “Essence” in Adolescents: The “How To’s” of Contemplative Techniques for Special Needs Children

with Carly Shaw & Mags Pintauro

When: Thursdays 5:00pm-7:00pm

BeginsOctober 20, 27, Nov. 3, 10, 17, Dec. 1, 8

In this seven-week workshop you will learn various complementary and mindful approaches to assist children and adolescents with intellectual disorders including but not limited to autism, ADHD and learning disabilities. Practices will include chromotherapy, mini-meditations, mindfulness based stress reduction exercises, and more. Integrating experiential learning with research-based evidence will provide those working closely with the special needs population with a vast array of innovative and useful tools for your toolbox.  While focused on effective techniques for children, these practices will surely be valuable for all. No previous knowledge or experience is necessary. This class is open to all TC students, faculty and staff.

*This workshop is now closed.

Keeping the “Essence” in Adolescents: The “How To’s” of Contemplative Techniques for Special Needs Children

 

Spring 2016 Workshops

Yoga for a Healthy Sense of Self

with Jennifer Drapkin

When: Tuesdays & Fridays, 11:00AM - 12:15PM

Begins: April 1st, 5, 8, 12, 15,19, 22, (no class on April 26), 29, May 3rd 

*This workshop is now closed.

This nine-session vinyasa (yoga flow) series is designed to foster a healthy sense of self. Each class builds strength and flexibility through a series of vigorous poses, while at the same time cultivating internal qualities such as self-esteem, self-compassion, authenticity, and insight. Although no prior yoga experience is required, please only sign up for this series if you can commit to attending all nine sessions. Each class builds on the next, and data collected for this series will go towards scientific research. The first class is absolutely mandatory; if you do not attend the first class, your spot will be given over to someone on the waitlist. So please commit to all nine classes--it’s good karma. Note: If you have any serious injuries, this class is not appropriate for your body at this time. Please seek out medical attention. Namaste.

Finding the Non-Self: Mindfulness, Meditation, and Modern Science

with Tomas Frymann & Angelica Griegal

When: Tuesdays, 12:45PM-2:15PM

Begins: Feb. 23rd, March 1, 8, 22, 29 & April 5, 12

*This workshop is now closed.

“Learning to let go should be learned before learning to get.”  Ray Bradbury

In this class we will explore the profound understanding of self and the sense of ease that can be cultivated through mindfulness meditation.  The investigation of self is largely conducted within each individual, as they are introduced to the discipline of meditation and guided through mindfulness practice.  We will also incorporate a theoretical component addressing how psychology, cognitive science, and modern physics are beginning to shed light on the nature of consciousness, as well as hands on crafts and exercises designed to elicit a deeper understanding of true self.

 

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The Art of Navigating Change: Keep Calm and Be

with Carrie Shumway & Kathy Voldstad

When: Mondays, 12:30PM-2:00PM

Begins: Feb. 29th, March 7, 21, 28, & April 4th

*This workshop is now closed.

Change is inevitable; it is how we navigate life’s changes that determines whether we live a stressed or relaxed life.  In this workshop, we’ll share our experiences of change through an ancient practice of mindful listening and heartfelt storytelling.  Through the power of a listening circle, we’ll explore our stories of change in a way that helps to alleviate our stress and anxiety.  We invite you to join us in this practice of moving from your head to your heart.  Transform your stressed state ofmind into a calm and present state of being

The Art of Navigating Change: Keep Calm and Be

Connection in Contemplative Practice

with Larissa Portnoff and Jan Fielder

When: Thursdays, 5:00PM-6:15PM

Begins: March 3rd, 10, 24, 31, April 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12

*This workshop is now closed.

Connection in Contemplative Practice provides a space to explore your spirituality through Sangha or community. By spirituality we mean connection––to yourself, to others, and to the world. We use creativity, humor, science, meditation, compassion, gratitude, nature, and other tools to help improve your overall sense of well-being. This is a 9-week course aimed at inspiring individual inquiry and experience. Come relax on Thursday’s with us! All are welcome! 

Connection in Contemplative Practice

Soul Language: Explorations of the Feminine Spirit

with Lauren Foley & Julia Lepiochina

When: Tuesdays, 5:30PM-7:00PM

Begins: March 8, 22, 29 & April 5, 12, 19, 26

*This workshop is now closed.

This six week curriculum is developed to support women in exploring their feminine essence. Creative exercises and spiritually oriented practices such as meditation, art, journaling, movement and discussion will be utilized to celebrate and honor what it means to be a woman in today’s world. Learn how to tap in to your feminine energy and cultivate self-confidence, authenticity, compassion and courage. What does being a woman mean to you? We invite you to join our sacred circle and discover for yourself.

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Embracing the Darkness & the Silent Alchemy of Your Dreams

with Javad Ahmadi and Clayton McClintock

When: Wednesdays, 5:30PM-7:00PM

Begins: March 9th, 23, 30, April 6, 13, 20, 27

*This workshop is now closed.

“And you? When will you begin that long journey into yourself?”― Rumi

In the busyness of everyday life, often we forget to take the time to nourish ourselves to promote healing and well-being. In this workshop, we create a meditative space to sit in silence, embrace the darkness, chant in Khalsa (meditative movement with music) and find our SELF through dream work.

We will examine several effective paths of healing, including a better understanding of our dreams and how they serve as a portal to the unconscious, Rumi's wisdom and the psychological aspects of his poetry and how it can enrich our inner being, meditation and Sufi music.

Come with soft shoes and comfortable clothing.

Embracing the Darkness & the Silent Alchemy of Your Dreams

Yoga for a Healthy Sense of Self

with Jennifer Drapkin

When: Tuesdays & Fridays, 11:00AM - 12:15PM

Begins: Feb. 9th, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26 March 1st, 4, 8 

*This workshop is now closed. 

This eight-session vinyasa (yoga flow) series is designed to foster a healthy sense of self. Each class builds strength and flexibility through a series of vigorous poses, while at the same time cultivating internal qualities such as self-esteem, self-compassion, authenticity, and insight. Note: No prior yoga experience is required, but please only sign up for this series if you can commit to attending all eight sessions. Each class builds on the next, and data collected for this series will go towards scientific research. So please commit to all eight classes--it’s good karma.

Cultivating Your Inner Compass For Life

with Kathy Voldstad & Carrie Shumway

When: Thursdays, 12:30-2:00

Begins: Feb. 18th, 25 & March 3, 10

*This workshop is now closed. 

There is no guidebook to life, but there are ways to identify our optimal routes to cultivate lives of meaning and purpose. Looking through the lens of both modern psychology and spiritual traditions we will explore ways of tapping into our innate wisdom to enhance our ability to live happy and fulfilled lives. Guided meditations, group discussions, journaling, and creative activities will help us develop an internal compass to guide us to our optimal paths.

 

Fall 2015 Workshops

Love 365: Happiness from the Inside, Out

with Suza Scalora & Lauren Foley

*This workshop is now closed.

The average person has 50,000 thoughts a day. It’s been estimated that 70% of those thoughts are negative. Love 365: Happiness from the Inside, Out is a 6-week course designed to explore the thoughts that often keep us in a state of anxiety, stress or dissatisfaction. Through a unique blend of mindfulness practices (journaling, creative self-expression, meditation) and breath-work we’ll embark on an inward journey toward self-compassion, self-understanding and self-love. Open to TC students, faculty and staff.

Tap In: Experience a Greater Sense of Well-Being

with Larissa Portnoff & Jan Fielder

*This workshop is now closed

Tap In provides a space to explore your spirituality through mind-body practices. By spirituality we mean connection––to yourself, to others, and to the world. We use creativity, humor, science, meditation, gratitude and other tools to help you flourish. This course is aimed at improving overall health and sense of well-being. This is a 12-week course with the first 6-weeks offered in fall semester and the remaining classes in spring 2016. All are welcome!

Join us as we Tap In to a greater sense of well-being and purpose in your daily life.

“GPS” -- Navigation Tools for an Exceptional Life!

with Jan Fielder & Kathy Voldstad

*This workshop is now closed

Life does not come with a map. It does, however, come with lots of curves, bumps and dead ends. It is easy to get off course and feel overwhelmed.

Are you feeling stressed out, indecisive about your future, or confused about your identity, direction and purpose in life? Do you live with a general sense of unease? You are not alone.

In this course you will explore resources within yourself, which can serve as navigation tools for life.

This six-week course will introduce you to meditation, mindfulness and other contemplative practices that will nurture you and provide the tools to navigate your most difficult challenges.

Jan Fielder and Kathy Voldstad invite you to join us and begin to build your GPS! Open to all TC students, faculty and staff.

Yoga for a Healthy Sense of Self

with Jennifer Drapkin

*This workshop is now closed.

This eight-session vinyasa (yoga flow) series is designed to foster a healthy sense of self. Each class builds strength and flexibility through a series of vigorous poses, while at the same time cultivating internal qualities such as self-esteem, self-compassion, authenticity, and insight. Note: No prior yoga experience is required, but please only sign up for this series if you can commit to attending all eight sessions. Each class builds on the next, and data collected for this series will go towards scientific research. So please commit to all eight classes--it’s good karma.

Mindful Men

with Faizal Badat & Alvin Atkinson

*This workshop is now closed. 

There seems to still be a stigma around talking openly about emotions. This traditional view of masculinity is both limiting and harmful. In this workshop I aim to provide a supportive environment to discover what it means to be a man for each of us as individuals and in the way we relate to others. We will explore the challenges, privileges, vulnerabilities and responsibilities that come with being a man. Through a variety of discussions and journaling practices we will define a healthy view of masculinity that serves us and break away from traditional views that have been imposed upon us. 

Inspired by the work of Catherine DeLazzero and Jeffrey Garrett.

 

Spring 2015 Workshops

Mindfulness-Based Spiritual Emergence

with Ellie Cobb & Lauren Foley

*This workshop is now closed.

Life comes with big questions, struggles, and doubt for all of us. We all have inherent spiritual qualities that can help us, although they often aren’t recognized in our busy lives. The Mindfulness-Based Spiritual Emergence Series will provide a uniquely supportive place to explore one’s own spiritual path! Science now shows mindfulness can be a direct and effective way to increase spiritual connection. This series will be an opportunity to explore your own inner spirituality through mindfulness practices! Come discover your own journey! Open to all TC students, faculty and staff.

Fearless Flow

with Zahra Komeylian & Natalie Chua

*This workshop is now closed.

There is a creative resilience within us that is lost as we transition into adulthood. This workshop series provides a safe space to play, explore, and share our creative processes. Through the use of various artistic mediums, we invite you to discover your inner voice. Come experience how inward reflection can flow into outward expression.  Previous experience with art is not necessary. Everyone is a beginner! Open to all TC students, faculty and staff.

Clear the Head, Ground the Body: A Binge Prevention Program

with April Frazier and Jeanette Sandor

*This workshop is now closed.

Stop your cravings from becoming binges! Whether you crave alcohol, food, cigarettes, spending money or checking Facebook one more time, binging can have negative effects on our health, productivity, finances, and relationships. Please join Jeanette Sandor and April Frazier who will facilitate mindfulness practices, grounding yoga postures, and discussion to offer tools to respond to cravings and prevent binging. Open to all TC students, faculty, and staff.

Mindfulness Meditation Series: Community of Practice

with Sarah Sherman

*This workshop is now closed.

Sarah Sherman provides a space for any member of the Teachers College Community to join in the exploration of mindfulness practices and other basic breath or sensory based meditation techniques.  This will be led as a community of practice, for both beginners and advanced practitioners to learn and grow together. Open to TC students, faculty and staff.

Yoga, the Chakras and Psychology: An Eight-Week Series

with Jennifer Drapkin

*This workshop is now closed.

Through a series of eight yoga flow sessions (vinyasa), we will explore the chakras and their connection to psychological well-being. Chakras are centers of energy, running up and down the spine, which literally and metaphorically contribute to emotional health. Through a sequence of flowing movements, each yoga class shall focus on a different chakra, examining them through the lenses of Western psychology and yogic philosophy. Open to TC students, faculty and staff.

Exploring Contemplative Traditions: An Introduction to the Practice and Science of Meditation: A Six-Week Series

with Clayton McClintock

*This workshop is now closed.

In this experiential learning course, you will be introduced to a variety of meditative practices that come from a range of the world’s contemplative religious traditions. In conjunction, from a scientific perspective you will also learn about emerging theories on how these practices impact the human mind, brain, and body. No previous meditation experience necessary. Open to TC students, faculty and staff.

Laughter Yoga Club

with April Frazier

*This workshop is now closed.

Laughter yoga is a joy-based stress relief program that cultivates playfulness in groups. Laughter yoga combines interactive laughter exercises with deep centering breaths and calming movements. Laughter yoga helps improve immune system functioning, decrease stress, and increase endorphins similar to a runner’s high. What’s great is you don’t need to be funny, have a good sense of humor or even be in a good mood to feel the benefits of laughter yoga. The contagious nature of laughter in groups is both intimate and healing. Peace, love, laughter yoga.

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